All residence halls open and close according to the College’s master calendar and students are expected to make their travel plans accordingly.
RULE(S) OF THUMB: Each semester, the residence halls officially open for returning students two days before the first day of classes. Please see Registrar’s Office website and look at “Academic Calendars” for dates pertaining to when classes start and end. For Semester I, only, incoming First-Year residence halls officially open the Wednesday before classes begin for the start of the Customs program. Please refer to the Residential Life Calendar for more information, details and updates. Students are not permitted in the residence halls before the official opening or after the official closing unless they have prior authorization from the Office of Residential Life. Unauthorized students found in the residence halls when not permitted will, at a minimum, be fined $250.00 and will be asked to immediately leave the residence hall.
ONLY pre-approved students are permitted to arrive on campus early.
- Semester I: Students with permission to return early are pre-approved UCAs, CPs, HCOs, ISRPs, SRPs, PAFs, AMAs, Customs Program support, TRICO participants, Haverford Horizons participants, PCOP, ISO participants, athletes on certain teams and students taking classes at U of Penn that start before Haverford classes do. ONLY, for their first fall semester arrival may certain incoming first-year students (those travelling alone and directly to Haverford from afar) request a one-time permission to arrive one day early so that theyr are assured of being able to be present for and complete the mandatory Non-Academic Registration and begin the Customs Program on time. This permission does not extend to Semester II or any subsequent years.
- Semester II: Students with permission to return early are pre-approved athletes on certain teams, students taking classes at U of Penn that start before Haverford classes do, and a limited number of international or other students who due to extenuating circumstances are not able to go home or find other accommodations during the break. The latter two groups are required to go through a formal application process to determine eligibility. Please see the section on Winter Break Housing for more information.
Residence Halls remain open during the Fall, Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. However, the Dining Center is closed and no food service is provided. Not all College offices are open during the breaks. Students may find out what is open and closed by reading the Break Notices
Residence Halls close for the Winter Break at 12:00pm (noon) on the Saturday immediately following the official end of Semester I, and all residents must leave by this time. Any student, who believes they have a legitimate need for special accommodation to stay beyond this deadline, must contact the Office of Residential Life, as soon as possible. Students will not be permitted to stay overnight in their own room but will be housed in Winter Break housing as space permits. The residence halls remain closed and locked for the winter break. Requests to retrieve any belongings from the residence halls during this time must be made to the Office of Residential Life. Generally, permission is only given in cases of an emergency (e.g., to retrieve forgotten medication or a passport). If permission is given, the student must make contact with Campus Safety to arrange for a mutually convenient time to be let in to the residence hall and for Campus Safety to lock up and re-secure the building. There may be a charge for this service.
Students are not permitted in the residence halls over the winter break unless they have been pre-approved for winter break housing or have been given prior approval by the Office of Residential Life and been granted access under extenuating circumstances for the sole purpose of retrieving from the room a particular item. Unauthorized students found in the residence halls when not permitted will, at a minimum, be fined $250.00.
SEMESTER II CLOSING
HAVERFORD COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
- Residence Halls Closing for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS is 6:00pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017.*
The deadline for undergraduate students to be moved out of the residence halls is 6:00pm, Saturday, May 13, 2017. *ONLY exceptions for undergraduates, with extension until 3:00 pm, Sunday, May 14, are for those on the pre-approved list of HC COMMENCEMENT USHERS.
- Residence Halls Closing for SENIORS is 3:00pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017.
The deadline for SENIORS to be moved out of the residence halls is 3:00pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Any student found to be in violation of the published arrival dates or move out deadlines will be required to leave campus immediately and will be fined.